Textbook & Absence (Anatomy)

Catherine Barnett

 
At school he studies the human body:
aorta, valve, muscle, vein.
At home he redesigns it
out of cardboard and twine
until it looks like a coat he might hang
on a hook with other missing coats.
 
From The Game of Boxes by Catherine Barnett. Copyright 2012 by Catherine Barnett. Published by Graywolf Press. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Poems by This Author

Acts of Mind by Catherine Barnett
What's funny about this place
Chorus by Catherine Barnett
So who mothers the mothers
Living Room Altar by Catherine Barnett
Except for the shirt pulled from the ocean,
Providence by Catherine Barnett
This evening I shared a cab with a priest
Sojourn by Catherine Barnett
My son took a picture of me
Sweet Double, Talk-Talk [iv.] by Catherine Barnett
I know agape means both dumbly


Further Reading

Poems about the Body
A Hand
by Jane Hirshfield
After tagging the dust your body is made of
by Jen Tynes
Anatomy
by Monica Ferrell
Bodyweight
by Matthew Schwartz
Brokeheart: Just like that
by Patrick Rosal
Danse Russe
by William Carlos Williams
Flux
by Afaa M. Weaver
For the Man with the Erection Lasting More than Four Hours
by John Hodgen
Ghost in the Land of Skeletons
by Christopher Kennedy
Guessing My Death [excerpt]
by CAConrad
Headaches
by Marilyn Hacker
homage to my hips
by Lucille Clifton
Human Atlas
by Marianne Boruch
I Sing the Body Electric
by Walt Whitman
In the Surgical Theatre
by Dana Levin
Love Letter to a Stranger
by Jenny Browne
Multiple Man: Guest-starring me & you
by Gary Jackson
My Skeleton
by Jane Hirshfield
Post-Dissertation-Intervention (i.)
by Ronaldo Wilson
Self-Portrait in a Wire Jacket
by Monica Youn
Slight Tremor
by Linda Gregerson
The Tongue
by Chris Martin
These Hands, If Not Gods
by Natalie Diaz
With Child
by Genevieve Taggard